So I just received my near mint Eastman VL200 last night. My back ground is 30 years of electric guitar. I play lead in a hard rock 80’s/ 2000’s cover band. I Have wanted to learn violin since I was kid and am finally at a place in my life that I can at age 47. My first lesson is Monday with a well regarded violin shop where the teacher has a masters in music with the violin being her primary instrument. Being I have to travel an hour one way for lessons how long should I anticipate doing weekly lessons before I can modify it to every other week?
The thing is to get a good grounding in technique. Once you have that you can get on with online lessons or studying from books and DVD's. How long it takes to reach that point will be entirely a personal experience. Part of your self eximanation will be to decide what you want to play musically. Classical technique is a good place to start but you may want to move musically in any number of other directions where it is not entirely necessary. Ball park I would guess that three or four months will get you a good grounding in the basics. Look into SKYPE lessons and some of the online schools with pre recorded lessons after your inital "grounding". But then the learning never stops..... R/
Go for it! Do exactly what you're doing. I was a lead guitarist in a previous lifetime and I found fiddling to be remarkably similar to screaming out riffs & tunes on my electrics. The classical instruction will help you develop both proper pitch intonation and the ability to sustain and bend notes beyond all reason. As for your proposed weekly lesson schedule, give it a try. If it is too burdensome, it's okay to cut back a little.
Enjoy the ride.
I started off doing hour long lessons every other week. That gave me more practice time between lessons, which I needed, even practicing every day. Also, it wasn't too long before the lessons became 1.5 hrs long and I've been doing it that way for almost 4 yrs. Perhaps something to consider given your commute.
To start off we’re doing 1/2 hour lessons. I like the idea of doing an hour every other. Thanks for the input guys.
Hope you have a lot of fun learning and playing your new violin.
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